Bonucci: We believed it would be our year

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that Saturday's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid was hard to take as they all believed this would be their year.

The Bianconeri bulldozed their way to the Scudetto and Coppa Italia titles, and were bidding to complete a domestic and European treble when they were stopped in their tracks by the mighty Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants showed they were streets ahead of the Old Lady, and romped to an impressive 4-1 victory, with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace, and becoming the first player to score in a third consecutive Champions League final.

The result meant that Juventus have lost their last five Champions League finals, and have not won the competition since 1996, when they defeated Ajax Amsterdam on penalties in Rome.

Writing on his Instagram page, Bonucci expressed his disappointment at yet another European failure.

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"The disappointment is there, it exists. We thought and we believed that this would be the right time," he said.

"Unfortunately, that was not the case. Congratulations to Real for the victory

"However, I remain proud of being part of this group. We brought home two titles, doing something truly unique.

"A round of applause to you fans of the Old Lady, you were there, you always have been and always will be. In defeats and victories."

Real Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to retain the title.